Category: Quick Reads

Top down view of a bicycle saddle with the brand name "Islabikes". Original Image by Dave Haygarth. CC BY 2.0 DEED (https://flic.kr/p/65zcq3)

Islabikes to cease bike sales

After eighteen years of production and sale of high quality children’s bicycles, Islabikes has announced it is to end the sale of bikes once its current stock is exhausted. The announcement comes as both the founder, Isla Rowntree, and current managing director, Tim Goodall, no longer wish to continue in turbulent times for the cycling industry.

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Handlebar view looking across a new road junction with a toucan crossing.

Narrated Quick Look: A New Shared Use Path and Toucan Crossing

A quick look at the new junction that has been installed on the A47 Long Shoot, Nuneaton, and the new bit of (as yet unconnected) shared use space and toucan crossing. This will eventually form part of a broader high quality cycle route on the A47, though this specific junction predates the plans for the cycle scheme – hence the lower quality design.

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Cycle camera view of a main urban road, waiting to turn right to a smaller road. An HGV passes on the left (nearside) as traffic approaches in the opposite direction preventing the turn.

Would you want to cycle here?

This short section of Midland Road in Nuneaton is a link between Stoney Road (and the National Cycle Network) and Stanley Road, a residential area and link through to Stockingford. It’s approximately 160 metres in length but has no cycle facilities. This means using what is a busy main road, intimidating as it is, but especially so when waiting to

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The Sanctuary in Bedworth's Miners' Welfare Park - a 22 metre high wooden temple-like structure which will be burnt in a ceremony marking the shared losses from the global pandemic.

Lack of Cycle Routes Bites Bedworth

On Saturday 28 May, Bedworth Miners’ Welfare Park plays host to a ceremonial burning as an act of memorial and reflection on the losses caused by the global pandemic. The Sanctuary is a large temple-like wooden structure, intricately carved, and inscribed with handwritten messages of remembrance, and has attracted widespread attention. The event is expected to draw large crowds and as a result, the local Borough Council has warned about road closures and congestion.

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Updated highways design guidance for Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council has released updated design guidance aimed at developers and designers for the creation of new or improved highways infrastructure. As part of this, the new guidance specifically makes reference to providing good quality cycle links and infrastructure designed in line with the latest guidance from the Department for Transport in LTN 1/20 (or its replacement should it be updated in the future).

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Cycles not welcome in Oxford University Parks

Oxford University Parks demonstrates an anti-cycling stance that goes beyond the usual, where they forbid cycles even from being pushed along paths! The entrance to the park prominently displays a No Cycling sign accompanied with the text, “No cycles whether ridden or not”. This is a petty and unreasonable restriction to a destination park which, whilst it may be private land, is a popular and pleasant green space in the city.

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Riversley Park Footbridge

New bridge for Nuneaton’s Riversley Park

As part of wider planned improvements to Nuneaton’s main park, the existing wooden footbridge that crosses the River Anker between the Museum and Sainsbury’s is set to be replaced. A new, wider structure will open up the route for pedestrians and cyclists where currently riding cycles is legally questionable and space to do so is extremely limited.

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Railway Themed K-Frame Barrier on Weddington Walk

NBBC – Remove Your Restrictions!

With Sustrans wanting to improve its National Cycle Network including through the removal of discriminatory obstructions that hinder legitimate access, it would be nice if Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council would get on board with improving the sections of routes that it controls. Too many obstructions exist on the likes of Weddington Walk, Wembrook Trail, and access to the Coventry

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